Hello â€“ My name is Jack and Iâ€™m ready to begin my first six week challenge with the awesome people from Nerd Fitness. Here is why. Iâ€™ve been reading Nerd Fitness for about six months now and have been inspired by so many of your stories. I need to join in. Here is my story. Iâ€™m 44 years old and Iâ€™m from Stow Ohio. (a little north of Akron, a little south of Cleveland) It is a great place to live with my wife and four kids ages 9, 7, 5, & 2 Â½. Because of having kids (no time & no sleep) and working for a major US food company (there was always free food around) I had gotten up to 235 pounds and was in the worst shape of my life. I switched jobs and decided I needed to make a lifestyle change as well. About a year and a half ago, I decided to train for a 5K and see if I could get into running. I half-heartedly trained for 6 weeks, and finished the 5K in 34:40. But, fortunately the running â€œbugâ€ took hold. I ran 10 races last year (9 5Ks and 1 4-mile race) and got down to a low time of 28:33. I was up to running 4 times a week and completing a 10K run every Sunday. Fast forward to this past May. Out on a regular run I torn a muscle in my right calf. It was a minor tear, but I knew this was something that was going to shut down my running for a while. I decided to not run at all until we returned from a family vacation at the end of June. Iâ€™m working back into shape now, but realize that I need to incorporate other exercises into my routine to avoid â€œover useâ€ injuries that come from pounding the pavement. I want to get stronger, and more fit so I can run farther and faster. Also, Iâ€™ve gotten to the plateau in weight loss that running alone will give me. I need to add other exercise and get serious about changing my eating to drop some weight to be healthier and help my running goals as well. Enough long back-story, hereâ€™s what I came here to do. Stats: Age: 44 Height: 5â€™11â€ Weight: 205 Current running distance: 3.1 miles Current running pace: approx. 10:20 per mile. Quest â€“ Gain Strength and Endurance to help my running. (Iâ€™m signed up to run a 5.5 mile leg in the Akron Marathon at the end of September, and signed up for a two-man relay (6.55 miles each) for the Buckeye Half Marathon at the end of October) Plan â€“ Add the Beginner Bodyweight Workout and Biking to my weekly plan. (This will diversify my training as well as make me stronger to enhance my running long term.) (Just a note â€“ with 4 kids and a full time job, I workout/run at 5 am in the morning while everyone else is asleep. (6 am on weekends) I have my plan set up for 7 days a week because if I let myself sleep in for one day it is way too easy to sleep in the next day. I need that consistency to avoid bad habits) Monday â€“ BBWW â€“ 3 sets Tuesday â€“ Run â€“ 3-4 miles Wednesday â€“ BBWW â€“ 3 sets Thursday â€“ Run â€“ 3-4 miles Friday â€“ BBWW â€“ 3 sets Saturday â€“ Bike Ride â€“ 10+ miles (1 hour ride) Sunday â€“ Run â€“ 5-7 miles Grading â€“ This is my basic plan. BBWW â€“ A-3 days of 3 set / week, B-3 days of less than 3 sets / week, C-2 days / week, D 1-day / week, F-0 days / week Run â€“ A-3days / week, C-2days / week, D-1day / week, F-0 days / week Bike â€“ A-1 ride / week, F-0 rides / week Side Quest - Get better habits around how I eat and how much I eat. Eating Plan â€“ This quest will be a little harder to grade but I know I can make improvements. I donâ€™t really eat that badly, and I enjoy all of the foods that I know are good and healthy for me. (fruits, veggies, etc.) I also am not a big-time snacker generally. (Iâ€™ll explain more in a minute) So here is the problem, when I sit down for a meal â€œall bets are offâ€. Iâ€™m one of those people who will eat as long as I am at the table. 2nds, 3rds, â€¦ no problem. I also have small kids who tend to leave a lot of food on their plates. Raised in a house where waist was not permitted, â€œsomebody has to eat that!!â€ Usually itâ€™s me. Consequently one turkey burger and ear of corn, turns into 3 or 4 of each after 2nds and cleaning kidâ€™s plates. This is the behavior I need to change. Also I love to cook, doing probably 60% or so of the general cooking in my house. But, Iâ€™ve noticed lately that I graze the entire time Iâ€™m in the kitchen cooking! Iâ€™ve almost consumed a meal by the time I have the meal ready for my family â€¦ then see above. The plan is to recognize the behaviors above and keep you guys up to date on how I am doing at correcting them. I will possibly give some arbitrary grades to this if I can, but Iâ€™m not sure at this point. Life Quest â€“ To take better hold of my job Life Plan â€“ Again this is a little different. I have been given a new role at my company to drive a global change. It is a newly created position, and thus never existed within the company before. That being said, there are a lot of people who feel they know what the position should be, and what it should look like. I need to establish the fact that I was given this opportunity because I am seen as the expert in this area. I need to make some of my colleagues realize that it is my role to make this job in my image. It will be difficult and political, and I hope some of you understand what I mean? I will keep you up on the progress. Whew! Sorry this was so long, but honestly I feel better just writing it out. Iâ€™m ready to get started and will do my best to give you timely updates on progress on all of the above. Thanks for reading!! Here we go!!